(bisons.com)- Adron Chambers looked healthy as ever on Friday night for the Herd.
The outfielders clutch at-bat gave the Herd the late lead to eventually top the Indianapolis Indians 4-2 on Friday Night.
"It's crazy how the whole game of baseball is," Chambers said. "You can go through a whole game looking like crap, but the last at-bat is the one that can decide the game. It was just a lot of focus with that at bat. It was a good pitch and I just wanted to put it in play.
After being on the DL for 25 days, Chambers showed no signs of a groin strain as his two-run single in the seventh erupted the 13,000 plus in attendance at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night to give the Herd its eighth win in its last nine.
"Everyone is doing their part," Chambers said. "Whether if it's the pitching or the coaching staff, everyone is doing what they need to do to better themselves for the game. Good things will happen."
The Bisons rallied in the seventh after Indy took a one-run lead in the top half of the inning. Buffalo loaded the bases with two outs after Jonathan Diaz nearly hit a two-run homer. Adron Chambers followed up a Darin Mastroianni walk with a bases-loaded single to center that scored two and gave Buffalo its second lead. Kevin Pillar added to the lead with a ground-rule-double to score Mastroianni easily from third.
"Being the pro that he is, he finally got a pitch that he can hit on the barrel," manager Gary Allenson said on Chambers' eight-pitch at-bat. "Late in the game that's great. We're doing a much better job with runners in scoring position."
The Herd struck gold in the fifth to open the scoring. Ryan Schmipf's eighth homer of the year put Buffalo on the scoreboard. Schimpf crushed a 2-2 breaking ball that towered over the right field wall and out of the ballpark for his 23rd total homer of the season between Double-A and Triple-A.
Indy came right back in the sixth after Schimpf's homer. Chambers handled two-straight fly balls, but didn't have the height to catch a third straight. Indy's Robert Andino powered a high fastball over Chambers' head and into the netting over the wall in left to tie the ball game.
"It's the kind of game where it looks like one run is going to win it," Allenson said.
In his second start with the Herd, Brad Mills impressed early on. The southpaw kept the Indians' bats quiet when he held Indy to just one hit through the first five frames. In Mills' 6.2 innings, the lefty nailed the strikezone 56 times in his 84 pitches. Mills fanned five Indians batters, including sitting down the side to open up the game.
Mills departed in the seventh for Ryan Tepera who pitched a hitless eighth. Bobby Korecky followed up by pitching the ninth to earn his team leading 17th save of the season.
The Herd will take its talents to Norfolk to start a four-game set with the tides. Kendall Graveman will make his Triple-A debut tomorrow against Norfolk's Steve Johnson with pitch at 7:05pm.